William Praed Esqr.

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William Praed Esqr.
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Charles Turner after William Owen

William Praed Esqr.

London, C. Turner March 28th 1826

Mezzotint, scratch proof



An impressive, full length portrait of the Chairman of the Grand Junction Canal Company, after whom Praed Street in Paddington, West London was named. Praed is here depicted as a plump, smiling gentleman with an aquiline nose and beetling dark eyebrows, wearing a short coat, breeches and carrying his spectacles in his hand. He sits in a comfortable armchair, a brocade curtain and garden in the background, his hand resting on a leather portfolio. Praed Street, built in the early nineteenth century was the backbone of the Company’s estate, later serving as a junction between the canal and the Great Western Railway terminus, Paddington Station.